February 29 – March 5, 2012
At a time when most of the continent jacks up the thermostat and fluffs up the Snuggies to keep warm, the South Beach Winter Party Festival welcomes thousands of LGBT visitors to the sun-drenched shores of South Beach. For one glorious week, area hotels, restaurants and bars will host over 10,000 participants from the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, and Australia.
The Winter Party Festival is an all-encompassing celebration of social and cultural events, including art, dance, music, food and wine, highlighted by dance parties and receptions that raise funds for a variety of gay causes.
Beach dance parties, pool bashes at premier resorts, all-night dancing at swanky nightclubs, and recovery brunches at the best sidewalk cafés: everything you’d expect at a Winter Party. But in addition organizers have thoughtfully planned a far-reaching variety of events, including art gallery nights, shopping parties on Lincoln Road Mall, Art Deco walking tours along scenic Ocean Drive, a marathon film festival at Miami Beach Cinematheque, and the South Beach Comedy Festival at the Fillmore Miami Beach.
With so many parties happening around Miami Beach and Miami proper, and the annual Winter Music Conference scheduled at The Beachplex from March 16 – 25, expect DJs from all over the world to be in town for the week, providing the techno, trance and tribal beats. The dance party at Club Space in downtown Miami promise to be mad.
Not to be forgotten is beautiful South Beach itself: the sparkling Atlantic, sun-washed sand, Tropical Deco, world-class dining, the hottest club scene in America, chic boutiques, unique shops, and easygoing vibes.
The week of events culminates with The Beach Party, a dance extravaganza attended by over 4,500 visitors.
South Beach Winter Party Festival, at various locations in Miami and Miami Beach.
WHERE TO STAY: Our Hotel Experts recommend staying at the chic and TAG Approved Dream South Beach, where Saturday’s Cocktail reception will be held. Another TAG Approved hotel in the heart of the Art Deco District is Z Ocean, known for their spacious suites, (balconies included) along with their always active Lanai Deck, will make for a memorable stay during the festivities.